Hardcover. New York, Rizzoli, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 304 pages. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. The most lavishly produced and profusely illustrated volume on Akira Kurosawa ever published, timed for the centennial of his birth. Akira Kurosawa is arguably the greatest of all Japanese film directors and is respected around the world as one of the masters of the art form. This is the first illustrated book to pay tribute to his unmistakable style--with more than two hundred images, many never before published. The filmmaker is also famous for his attention to detail, and fans will delight in seeing annotated script pages, sketches, and storyboards that reveal the meticulous craft behind Kurosawa's genius. Peter Cowie examines how Kurosawa took the samurai genre to its apogee in such films as Yojimbo and Seven Samurai; his literary influences in such films as Throne of Blood [Macbeth] and Ran [King Lear]; and in his take on our relationship to the modern world in such films as High and Low and Dreams.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Sophia University, 1st, 1972, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 190 pages, color frontispiece, errata slip laid in. Beige cloth spine with patterned boards. Bright, unclipped dust jacket.
Hardcover. London, Merrell Publishers, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 256 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy still in publishers shrink-wrap. Illustrated with over 250 photographs and sketches. Future Beauty is the first comprehensive survey of Japanese avant-garde fashion of the last 30 years. Such designers as Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo made an enormous impact on the world fashion scene in the late twentieth century, challenging established notions of beauty and turning fashion into art.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Japan Council Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, 1st, 1961, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 138 pages, illustrated with b&w photographs by Shomei Tomatsu and Ken Domon. Introduction by Hideki Yukawa. Square format,white cloth covers with gray concentric circle design by Kohei Sugiura, gray lettering on spine. This copy is without a slipcase and the accompanying scientific booklet. There are 2 tannish stains to rear cover near spine, light soil to white covers and some bumps to top edge at corner and spine. Internally clean except for short owner's signature at top of title page. Photographs available.
Softcover. New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 1st paperback, 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 205 pages, paperback. Unflinching illustration of the reality of life for Japanese Americans in internment camps during WWII. Mild rubbing to wraps. Unmarked. Bright and clean. A tight copy.
Hardcover. Paris, Flammarion, 1st, 2004, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 216 pages. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. The 150 photographs in this collection represent a unique vision of a nation struggling to define itself. These images are accompanied by essays from renowned Japanese experts, who provide social and historical insight into this period and its photographic output. The first comprehensive review of this period in Japanese photography,.
Hardcover. NY, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 416 pages, illustrated throughout with 445 illustrations including 200 plates in full color. Previous owner's initials on half title page. Light shelf-wear and rubbing to dust jacket. Clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. US, Taschen, 1st, 1999-10-01, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 200 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light edgewear and rubbing to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1st, 1891, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, 128 pages. Hardcover with decorated front cover. Covers have heavy wear on edges. Light soil and darkening to pages. Gutter lightly cracked.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Hokuseido Press, Reprint, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 382 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket & slipcase. Mustard cloth boards with black printed titles to spine. Full page, full color illustrations protected with tissue guards throughout. Frontis illustration, Man Playing the Samisen, in full color & protected with a tissue guard. Chronological chart of Japanese Humor tipped-in. Dust jacket with light wear to edges, lightly price-clipped to corners. Plain slipcase with creases, light wear to edges. Clean, unmarked copy.
Hardcover. Princeton NJ, Princeton University Press, 2nd pr., 1969, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 637 pages, black cloth covers with red and gilt design on spine. Previous owner's signature on front fly leaf. Bright, price-clipped dust jacket.
Hardcover. Tokyo, Sophia University, 1st, 1970, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 210 pages, b&w illustrations. Beige cloth spine with patterned boards and a bright dust jacket with a glassine wrapper.
Hardcover. NY, Orion/Crown, 1st, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 272 pages. Recaptures the World War II bombing raid over Tokyo under the command of Lt. Col. "Jimmy" Doolittle and the incredible seek-and-destroy mission that he and other American pilots endured after the bombing.
Hardcover. New York, Gallery Books, 1st US, 1991, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 390 pages, illustrated throughout in color. INSCRIBED BY YOSHIDA on half title page. Large, very heavy book. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket. Clean, tight copy.